Stampin’ Up! Convention 2013 Recap & Announcements

If you have been following along with all the news from convention, you probably saw and heard a bunch of product announcements, news, and promotions.  Turns out I took around 1,000 pictures, so while I edit those, I thought I would summarize all the news so you can make sure you didn’t miss a thing.

New Product Announcements

One of the really fun things at convention is being the first to hear about new products.  This year was no exception and we had a number of fun announcements for what is on the way!

  • Undefined Product Line –  Create your own one-of-a-kind stamps with this new line of rubber carving tools and the raw rubber and blocks to create your image. And yes, I know it sounds intimidating, but it is easier than you might think!  If I can create this flower, you can make a stamp too! Smile
     

Available Now!

  • Flip Card Thinlit Dies! – I’m super excited about these new dies, and not just because I won one of them. Smile  These dies (in both circle and label shapes) makes it super easy to create fun flip cards with just a few cranks in your Big Shot (instead of fussing about placement, cutting, scoring… etc).
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  • Envelope Score BoardNow you have another option for creating custom envelopes in 66 different sizes!  The board has printed on the front, exactly what size to cut your paper for the size envelope you want.  Then you just use the guides to score the 4 quick lines, use the built in notch punch to cut away the parts you don’t need, and a  built in corner rounder to punch the corners of your envelope flaps to make them look even cuter!

 

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Available September 2013

  • In With You Stamp Design Contest Winners – Stampin’ Up! recently launched a new design contest for anyone to help design a new stamp set.  They took entries based on the ideas of Monsters and this is the big winner!  This will be made into a stamp set and available soon:

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    The same type of challenge was run in the Stampin’ Up! offices and the following stamp set won and is available to purchase now through January 2nd!
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    Available Now!

  • Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit – This is a new kit Stampin’ Up! is trying out which gives you everything you need to create 20 cards (except your basic adhesive).  You’ll get a special clear block, exclusive stamp set, ink, envelopes, accessories, and everything you need to create all your cards.  They are still finalizing the details but more information will be coming soon!

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    Expected launch date is September 2013.

  • New Product & Sign Up Promotion

    Multiple promotions were announced during convention.  If you attended convention, there were numerous product discounts available just to you; but here are all the discounts available to everyone!

    • Pick a Project Sign Up Bonus –  Join Stampin’ Up! between now and August 31st and receive a free project kit set in addition to your starter kit.  3 of the project kits are items from the Holiday catalog and there are some CUTE projects they shared at convention with them!
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      I’d love to have you join my Fun n’ Crafty group of stampers!
      If you have questions, contact me at jennifer@nwstamper.com or check out more details online.
    • My Paper Pumpkin Introductory Offer – Do like the idea of having a project kit sent to your door each month?  My Paper Pumpkin may be a great option for you.  Each month you receive a package in your mailbox containing a project kit that could be a set of cards, a mini scrapbook, or a cute project like this month’s mini banner set.
      Join by Aug 31st and receive your first 2 months for only $10!  That is 50% off and includes shipping!

      You can cancel or skip a month at anytime, so it’s a great way to try it out for a great price.

      Check out the details here

    • Buy 3 get 1 free Designer Paper Sale – just wanted to also put out the reminder that through July 31st, you can get 1 pack of designer series paper of your choice when you by 3 packs.  Its like getting 25% off each pack!image
      Shop Designer Series Paper Here

    Whew!  Ok, so I think I got it all!  So, hopefully you see something that is exciting to you… I know I’m really excited about all the new products coming out, including my stamp carving kit that is showing up any day now!  I just need to get home from my trip visiting family to start playing with it.

    It is an awesome time to be a crafter (and a demonstrator too!) so I hope you have lots of fun in the coming months with all these products and deals.

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Stampin’ Up! Convention 2013–Day 3 Wrap Up

Well convention wrapped up this weekend and ended with a bang!  I’ve been traveling ever since (flew home Saturday night then flying out to Arizona to visit family on Sunday)!  But I wanted to share some of the fun of the last day of Convention too.  So here we go!

More amazing swap cards

Every time I go to convention, I save some of my swaps to trade each day.  That way I can have fun swapping cards each day and this year I was so glad I still had cards on the last day since there were some fabulous cards being swapped then.  Like this adorable card:

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If this is your card or you know whose card it is, let me know so I can give appropriate credit.

General Sessions

Then it was on for more stamping presentations and business classes.  First up was Sara Douglas (Shelli Gardner’s daughter) who always shares some amazing projects.  This was no exception!

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First she showed some great class ideas that share some adorable banner project.  The first up was a cute halloween banner.

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Don’t forget this banner kit and accessory kit are one of the options available free as part of the Pick a Project bonus when you sign up as a demonstrator between now and August 31st!

Next up was an adorable mini album out of a place setting project kit (also available as a Pick a Project bonus) and a cute set of Christmas cards.

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More Milestone Marches

I also have to give a shout out to my mom who reached her 5 year milestone and got to march across the stage which is awesome, especially with a big crowd clapping and cheering for you. Smile  So CONGRATS, MOM!  (she is just to the right of Darla who is waving to the camera)

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And that was just the morning!  I spent lunchtime meeting Shelli Gardner

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Lots of Display Boards

And checking out display boards (I thought it was cute that they spelled out “Inspire Create Share” out of the cards on the boards.

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Closing Session

The more business classes and closing session.  I loved some of these scrapbooking projects that were shown using the This and That journal and a new cool divided page scrapbook album.

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We learned about Stampin’ Up!’s investment in innovation and change and it got me excited to try new things and see how I can do more different things.  I’ll be putting together some new offerings but if you have suggestions for what you would love to see from me, please shoot me a message at jennifer@nwstamper.com or leave me a comment!

Session ended with a bang – literally! 

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It was the end of an awesome few days full of gifts, learning, inspiration, and friends!  I can’t wait to come back next year.  If you want to join me, don’t forget to save the date – the week of July 14th (most likely wed or thursday through Saturday)

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This was my 5th convention and tonight I’ll finish uploading all my pictures so you can get the rest of the feel of it.  Smile Then on to posting more projects that inspired me here on the blog.  Until then, have a fabulous day!

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Stampin’ Up! Convention 2013 Day 2–What a Day!!

ccOh my goodness!  Day 2 was a jam packed day and it was an incredible day for me personally.  I am still coming down off of my adrenaline rush and I’ll try to share as much as I can before I pass out. Smile

So Much News in General Session!

The morning started out with us getting to the convention hall a little over an hour before the general session was set to start.   Of course there was a big line of people already!  But we just sat down in our place in line, ate our breakfast box, and swapped with everyone around us.  I loved how no one was grumpy or pushy, everyone just settled in and enjoyed themselves.

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And look at one of the samples I saw today:

Six sided sampler thank you card

Cuuuute! Right?
(If you know the name of the demo who created this card, please let me know so I can give them credit, my cell camera just ate the picture of the back of this swap!)

So then general session started (see the snazzy stage – I finally got a good picture of it)

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There were lots, and lots, and lots of fantastic stamping demonstrations and ideas.  And yes, I’ll be posting more of those pictures soon too.  These late nights are killing me for getting all the photos reviewed and uploaded.

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oh, and did I mention, new product announcements?!

New Products are here and coming!

Besides some great ideas for new products that are coming out in the holiday catalog (if you haven’t gotten your copy yet and need one, let me know!) So we learned some cool ideas with a paper bow die, with new papers, stamps, and accessories.

But then the product announcements started coming…
(sorry, I can’t share pictures of the actual products that are coming soon per SU rules)

  • A new envelope scoring and punch board! It gives you dimensions to cut a sheet of paper into a square.  Then you line it up on the board to score the creases (with the included scoring tool) and has built in punches to punch out the notches in the side (so the flaps fold nicely) and a punch to round your corners.  It is super cool!
    Plus it has dimensions for 66 different sizes of envelopes! 
    – I hear it will be around $19.95 and come out maybe in September (but don’t hold me to that!)
  • New swing / flip flop card framelit template with awesome accent elements!
    So these are those cards that have an element built into the page that when you open the card, the element swings and flips over.  Ok, yeah, that doesn’t make sense…. but it is really cool.  And they are coming out with a framelit set so you don’t have to do the 11 steps it takes to make it by hand… you just cut with the framelit and you are done!  — I won one of these too!!! So watch for samples!
  • Undefined product line!  Make your own personal stamp… literally!

    I know it sounds hard and intimidating, but it is easier than it sounds! I even did it!
    So, this is a kit that comes with rubber, foam, wood blocks, a marker, postcards, and carving tools.  I thought it was going to be really hard, but after seeing some of the amazing designs people were creating this afternoon, I realized it had to be easier than I was giving it credit for.
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    This is available TODAY and you can check out the details here.

You can even see what stamp I created that afternoon

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Mini Classes, Display Boards, Rewards, & More

Whew, this is getting long, so I’ll try to be fast.  But the afternoon was still jam packed and we had lots of opportunity to check out the amazing inspiration boards, chat with other demonstrators, participate in stamping & learning mini classes, do make & take card projects, and see the new products.

I spent most of my time doing some stamping, relaxing, and making my own personal stamp!  But check out this cute bag we made in one of the classes!
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Awards Night

Now every year, Stampin’ Up! holds an awards night.  It is a time to honor some amazing achievements of some wonderful demonstrators, laugh at the silly jokes, and hear what the upcoming incentive trips are.

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I’ll admit, I’ve never attended a full awards night, but last year I went to half of it and realized how inspiring it was for me to see just how successful some demonstrators can be.  Sure, I may not be selling $171,000 in sales in a year (that is how much the top US demonstrator sold!!) but if she can do that, I can grow my business and get a little bit closer.

So, we got in just as it started and cheered for the honorees.

We learned

  • that next year’s Getaway Vacation is to Washington DC (SUPER COOL!)
  • the Grand Vacation next year is an awesome trip to Hawaii!

I am grateful to have earned the getaway this year and will be headed to San Diego in September, but those trips next year seem pretty cool too!

I also was able to earn a couple awards this year, but nothing that caused me to have my name announced and for me to walk across the stage…..

that is until I was distracted by some work and suddenly I heard my name called!

I was announced as one of the top 100 demonstrators in the US and awarded a trip to the Founder’s Circle retreat in St. George, UT!

 

Wow!  I was crying as I went up on stage, was given a beautiful lei and handbag, got a hug from Stampin’ Up! founder Shelli Gardner, and walked across that stage!  Amazing!

I knew I worked hard this last year, but there are always so many ways you can do better and so I never expected to achieve this – but I’m so appreciative that I did.

[I’ll have to post pictures later as all the pictures were taken with other people’s cameras Smile)

After Party

Finally the night ended with a big party with an 80’s cover band, cupcakes, performers, games, and more prizes.

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It was an amazing day and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have it!  I’ve probably missed more stuff to share but I’ll try to catch up tomorrow if I did.

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Stampin’ Up Convention 2013–Day 1

Whew!  Turns out when you are sharing a convention hall with 6,000 of your friends, the lines get really long! I knew it was going to be a busy day, but I wasn’t prepared for how much longer everything takes when you have so many people there. 

But we had a lot of fun, saw some great inspiration, traded a ton of cute swaps, got freebies, and wore ourselves out. Smile 

I thought I would share the highlights of the day so even if you weren’t able to be there in person, you could get a feel for what it’s like.  Then if you want to see lots of details, I’ll be posting all my pictures to my Facebook page over the next few days. 

Wandering Salt Lake City

This year I have a number of members of my Fun n’ Crafty stampers group join me at convention, and so I created a packing list checklist and shared it with everyone before we left.  I thought it would be really handy to use while packing for convention, and it was…. but who was the smarty pants who forgot her notebook and water bottle.  YUP! That was me.  So as we wandered downtown while I picked up those items, it was really cool to see Stampin’ Up! logos everywhere!

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Visiting the Home Office

I always like to visit the home office in Riverton each year.  They bus us out there and we get to see what the offices are like and chat with staffers and demonstrator support.  It looks like a FUN place to work!

This is the entryway:

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And if you can see the people behind the banners, that is the line to get in to the Legacy Museum – a really cool room where some of the setups that are used as the photographed settings for the catalogs as well as tons of samples, history (the first catalog is on display!), and inspiration!  For example:

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(PS – If you have your holiday catalog, this table and place settings should look familiar! Winking smile)

Opening Session

Finally by 4:30 everyone was lined up around the block and starting to pile in to the general session stage to get ready for opening session.  It was a fun look back over the last 25 years of SU history and then a talk about the theme this year “Be the Difference”. 

Here is my group waiting for session to start

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We all got cute bags with lots of goodies inside!

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And of course there was lots of demonstrations and inspiration on stage!

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Opening Night Social

Then the night ended with lots of partying and more demonstrations, kareoke, a service project, and lots of swapping!  The lights were low and the room was packed so I didn’t get as many pictures last night.  But lots more coming today (and I have more pictures from day 1 I’ll be posting on Facebook later today)!

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Whew!

Alright, now off to day 2!  Share more soon!

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It’s Stampin’ Up! Convention Time!!

I’ve been getting super excited over the last week as convention approached and I started getting exciting wondering what amazing ideas I’d see, what new products would be revealed, and have a chance to hang out and reconnect with some wonderful people.

As I do each year I’ll be posting live updates to my Facebook page (as long as my battery holds out each day) and I’ll give you the full scoop and pictures each night here on the blog.  So even if you can’t be here in person, you can still participate in the excitement and get a feel for it with me.

Travelling to Salt Lake City!

So, today was my traveling day and I was very lucky to have 4 members of my group plus a great stamping friend traveling with me from Seattle to Salt Lake City.  We hopped on our plane last night and were treated to the most amazing sunset as we came in to land in SLC.

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We got our bags and a shuttle and headed to our homebase for the weekend – the Radisson at the convention center.  Check out the cool wall art about the nice beds:

Convention 2013 Radisson hotel room

And while I should really be sleeping in that bed right now (since breakfast comes waaay to early in the morning), I thought I’d show you some of the other fun things I brought with me to kick things off. Smile

1.  My nametag & convention buttons!

My first year at convention, I saw people with their lanyards full of pins and buttons and I realized that many people collect their convention pins and acheivement pins on their lanyard and I set out to start collecting mine.  It’s taken me 5 years, but I love that it is getting more full.  I know… its silly, but sometimes the little things make it more fun!

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Plus with 6,000 demos in attendance, they are checking badges this year and so I got to make it fun to look at!

2.  Swaps!!

What would a Stampin’ Up! event be without swaps?  I started out with making a ton of this Flower/Doily card… it was fun and easy to make a bunch.  But when I was done, I had made 76 cards and I decided a few days ago that a few more wouldn’t hurt and so I made the Christmas cards as well.

Flower Shop Doily Card

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I used the new Flower Shop bundle to create the cute flowers and then just accented with one of the Whisper White doilies.

I decided I needed a few more swaps and I thought of this fun way to use the new Christmas Collectibles stamp set.
(psst – sneak peek alert!  New holiday catalog goodies including the new stamp set, punch, and embossing folder.)

Christmas Collectibles Ornament Card

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3.  Fun n’ Crafty group gifts!

And finally, I put together a little Convention Survival Kit for everyone in my group since it was the first convention for many of them.  Some people have the tradition of downline gifts and roommate gifts… I just was excited to have so many downline and friends going with me I wanted to put a little something together for them.

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  • I figured a few emergency snacks and mints would be nice.
  • Wet wipes for cleaning up after snacks or when you are stamping during make & takes and need a little extra clean up power.
  • Some tissue, because there is always some touching story or presentation that gets the whole room crying!
  • Chapstick – I swear, I always forget this and buy a new stick every year when I am here!
  • Band-aids were supposed to be in the bag, especially for when you are walking all day and your shoes start rubbing
  • …and of course a cute bag they can reuse each day to easily find their essentials.

Today they get their handmade gift from me… but I’ll save that surprise for my next blog post!  Ooh, I can’t wait to give everyone theirs!

So, today will be a day full of Stampin’ Up! home office tours, swapping, opening session, and a big party afterwards!  I’ll post as I go on my Facebook page and then back here later for the full report.

I’m so excited!

Now for a few hours sleep while I can….7:15am comes too early!

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